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FOR OT RD 67X090

1 April 1968

SUBJECT: Combat After Action Report - Operation PIKESVILLE, Hqs, 5th

Special Forces Group (Abn), lst Special Forces, Period

6 June - 3 July 1967 (U)

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AFTER ACTION

EPORT:

HEADQUARTERS,

9TH SFGA

(ABN),

APO 9.6240

1ST SF

CO1FIDENTIAL

Operation Pikesville

6

Jun -

3

Jul 67

1.

(C)

SIZE AND C(IP0SITION

OF OPERATION

Reconnaissance

Company with

Co

,.ny

Headquarters;

eight Roadrunner

teams

composed

of

Nationals

each;

VNN

(VN)

each;

five retonnaissance

composed

composed

of 6 USASF and 333

teams

Coms.udo

companies

four

Vietnamese

of two USASF and four VNN.

2.

(C)

MSSION:

To

captue

PWts

and/or

documents

in

AO BEAR.

3.

(C)

TMi-

OF DEPARTURE/RTURN:

Operation

Pikmsville was conducted from

a Forward

Operations

Baz3

(FOB)

located at Quan Loi,

RVN

(XT

807899)

within the

perimeter

 

of Task Foco

Dixie North ist

Infantry

Division during

the period

6

June

-

3

July 1967.

Project SIGMA advance

party began movement by C-130 from

Bien Hca Airbase to FOB 050830 June 67 and completed movement 051130 June 1967.

FOB activated 051800 Juno 67. The main body was moved by C-130 transport from

Bien Hoa Airbaso with the first element

element closing at 061320 June 67.

at 061130 June 67 and FaB was fully operational as of 061355 June 67. Me operation

terminated C22400 July 67 and the Detachment Command element was mturned to Base

by 0-130 trans-

port from FOB to

arriving 061000 June 67 and the last

arrived

Command element

The

030740

main body

July 67.

at FOB by helicopter

closed

Camp by helicopber

030700

July 67.

began movement

Eien Hoa Airbase

Project Sigma elements

at Base Camp 031500 Jul 67.

4.

(C)

C914DUCT

OF

OPEPATIONS:

Ca, II

FFV to

obtained

51,

Operation

CO,

Pikesville

began

with the

issuance

of a written visited II

of op -ratiors (AO)o Det

June 67 for ae-ial reconnaissance of AO,

coordtiation at that location. GO, B-56 visited Co A, 5th SFGA at 021600 Juno 67 rojerenz3 current operation. CO, B-56 issued a unit warning order at O21900 J=no

67. On 3 June urit airlift requirements

unit movement order was published.

June

fivo

p -ovided by the 74th Reconnaissance

OPCRtD from

Dot B-56 on 011500

intelligence

June 67,

Det S-2

area

021330

FFV and CINCV and

GO,

current

CO,

on the

assigned

33 and

2nd Commando

Company departed

selection of FOB site

were

and necz-ssary

FFV

and a

issued

compc

submitted by S3 to Operation Pikesville

II

Co.

OPORD for

040800

3d

of

67.

Helicopter support provided by 334th Armed Helicopter

and two armed helicopters.

Twb

O-ID

radio

Airplane Company.

transport

relay aircraft were

Artillery support by the

23rd Artillery Group consisted of; Liaison party

t-o FO Teams

(1 Off

& 3

EM)

to Sigma l

Quan Loi and entire AO was

A Btry 6/27th

B !"-y 2/32, Soul Da. On 6 June aerial reconnaissance of the

(!

Off

& 2

EM each);

1 AO

(1

Off);

conducted,

zones were

designated

and three

Roadrunner teams

preparation

reconnaissance for infiltration

on

7

June

1967.

began

a. PUCOMAIBSANCE

TEAM OPERATIONS:

(1)

Recon

Msn #1:

Team received

mission

order

070900

June

67,

conducted aerial

recon of RZ 071530 and presented a mission briefback

072000

June

{

67.

Team was

scheduled for

infiltration

into RZ LE GLC

vie XT 645002 at 080800

June,

however,

missior

was

cancelled due to 5th ARVN Div scheduled ARCLIMHT

missions

POO

in

that

area,

goCO

DOXNGRADED

AT

3

YR

MlERVAIS

DECSSFIE

AFTER

12 YERS

DOD DIR 5200.10

I DENT IAL

CONF IDENTIAL

A?=

ACTBII RElPMT:

Operation Pikesviale

(COMM)

(2)

Rechu Msn #2:

Team received mission -order 080900 June,

con-

ducted aerial recon of RZ 082500 and presented

Tem attempted infiltration into RZ PATTON vic

mission briefback 081930 June 67°

IT 45483 8 on

091040 June. As

infiltratica

ship appronched LZ,

Recon Team Leader observed three VC dressed

two more were

o

in khald and armed with tM

carbines to the southwest,

by

a second team members One VC was shot by the team leader and the helicopter

Mission was aborted dra to enemy activity on LZ°

lifted off,

(3)

Rocon 11n ;3:

flank,

southe

Team raceivei r-iscion crder 0909,0 JuM,

heard brush cracIcng to

con-

ducted aeriar recn of RZ C wOOand presented i.dision brie ack 091930 June 67,

Team infiltrated RZ BRADLEY vic re 48817 e- 103.117 June withot'. incident, A-f.be-. infiltratiox, the team movad 60 mters wasst of tho LZ lien they began to recein

AW fire from their right

rounds fired from the

thair fronrt and throe

Team leader called

for ext-action and began mcvi2

the team back to the LZ.

25

As they approached the

LZ,

a team member observed cr.a VL

oters to the north woaring a khaki shirb

side,

and grey hat armod with an AX-47.

After shooting the VO in the right

cation.

Team leader moved

onto

three more VC appeared at the same lo-

pero) while tcam took VO

the LZ and flahed his

under fire. As the team was being er_-iltrated, one team member lost his weapon

after falling from the he.±oopter as it was ifting off° Reccn r2soicn #3 was

eifiltratod at 101138 June 67.

(4) Recon II #4: Team recaived mission order 092000 June, .onducb:d

8

a

a mission breftack

1019;3 June 67.

Teea

111302

Jn

without incident.

Tem move-2

aerial reton of RZ 101140 and presenred

infiltrated RZ HALSEY vic XT W4970

north of the LZ into the edge of bamboo clumps; formed a defensive perimeter and

stopped to listen. After approx three minutes, team hoard crackling of bambco

to the north and observed one VC w arlng a groen

over his shoulder. Tho VC stopped and spoke

from the teams VC then unslung his weapon

time a second VC was spotted advancing

Team members killed both VC,

extraction after hearing under fire resulting in

recovery man WIA.

shirt and carrying an AK-47 smg

a bunker about. 20 nctex-:

At the

sune

and requested

extracted

"

to someone in

and advanced at port arms.

en the team from the north-northeast.

edge

of the

LZ,

moved back to i-be north

shouting to the north and northeast.

Team was

two rnASF team morbers WIA (one serious)., ,.r.'v

Team estimatcd a VO squad (+) -,n three sides of their positiono

(5)

Recon Mer.#5:

Cancelled due to

inclement weather.

(6) Recon JMn #6: Team received mission briefing 121000 June,

conducted aerial

June 67. Team infiltrated RZ HAIS.x vic XT 4-62695 at 1L4.1810 and linked up w!tZ

TF ASKIN for the purpose of conducting a stay

documents. Planned break-away from the task place due to enemy activity. Team pirfonmd

during remainder of TF mission and was 67 with the Task Force.

recon of RZ 121400 Juane and presented a mission briefback 122000

behind mission to capture a

force during movement did no

NW or

take

flan": recon and rear guard security

exfilbratcd vie

XT 4 6 9702 at 17:1430 Juno

(7) Recon Msn #7: Team received miss.on briefing 121000 June,

conducted a-ri-l recon of RZ 2l1500 June and presentod

June 67. Team infiltrated RZ ALLEN io XT 373736 at

mission briefback 122030 171550 June in conjuncticn

C2

CO14FIOE1T I AL

Vi

CONF IDENT IAL

AFTE

ACTION IEPORT:

Ope.'ation Pikaville

(OON

)

with a resupply mission conducted for 2nd Reaction Comany.

Tea remained with

Company until

200610

Jium

when it

broke

away vic XT 376695 to begin its

stA

behind mission, Team moved to vie XT 379711 and established a roon point to

observe an EW trail for the purpose of capturing a 1W. Team observed this trail for two days with nogative enemy sightings. Tea was exfiltrated via XT 377709

at 221120 Ju

oonduot&

aerial recon of RZ 2035)O Juze and presented a mission briefbaok 201o500 Ju

(Det A-331) U.,c Nih via xu 651c4O

Team infiltrated

e

67 without incident.

(8)

Recon Msn #8:

Team received mission briefing

191930,

67.

alora with Operation LOC 5/6

at 211918 June with

stay behind mission vic XU 631i038 at 221130 June

found a small cache of clotliing, grenades and three books. The grenades Vue

defused and the books wera captured"

stream vie XU 6180,2,

the mission of conducting a stay be&'nd patrol.

6.

ono

of whcm tas

Tem begin

At vic xU 613037 team

At 221450 team spotted three men near a

cleaning

fish,

the other two were aimSd

with M-l's

and i:zaring tiger suits.

The

team moved back and declared

in

soioflq

c

n~iby raZio then planned to shoot

and capture one of the man dcoerved.

However,

upon arriving at

the stream,

the VC were no longer there.

Tem

moved SW

to vie XU 615032 wharo they spotted two V0 armedwith AK-47 rifles running south.

After being directed ",

an

LZ by the FAC,

team members heard VC yelli9 n

nfrind",

"friend". Team was ex-tractd by sling without receiving hostie fire ;10 6160)0

at 221506 June 67.

:'i.

(9)

Recm

Team #9:

T~em received

mission order 2409M

June,

oanwtM

recon of AZ 2415C0 June and presented a mission brlefback 25 13

A~w 67.

Tham infiltrated v.c XT 469:'. at 251330 June 67.

After moving

,50 meters term

hoar'd talld-n- to their

was spotted by a VC in a guard house who gave the alam. Team moved north ap=r 100 meters into a cl,-rp of bamboo and requested extractim. During the extractio by sling, the team was blocked on throe sides and the helioopters attemptuing covery sustained heavy damage frcu hostile fire, resulting in an A/C id"g a forced landing in eney controlled territory. A/C destroyed by aerial gmffret ' following day. 1',enainder of A/C w;ere evacuated to Bien Hog or repaired at M.

front so they moved SE to bypass

VC.

Vic XT 4M825 t

b. ROADRTJ14R TEAM OIATIO.):

(1)

RR 11sn lij:

Tczm in-filtrated RZ HALSEY vie xT 392743 at 0OO

June 67 with the mission of rcute recon. Vie XT 740395, toni obserwd 4 VC dre"

in blok with khalc

moving south along a trail on btcycles.

latz,

but s,,

no weapons.

Via XT 390737 team observed 4 VC

carried two AL147's sung and

vie IT 374717 at 061030 Jum

Each man

7 rounds of mortar ammnition,

67 without incidnt

Team wras exfiltrated

(2)

Rl Z-n #2:

This emIssion was aborted on first attemt d

to

inclement weather an 7 J-ze 67. Team was infiltrated into RZ 9M' Vic IT 4%n7 at 081030 June 67. Team found rany well used trails along their route. They wre observed by a man vio XT 503890 who then ran way. Via IT 47286, tam beard

mmsic, singing and .7amale voices from a large group of people having a party. Team was exfiltrated vic XT 478873 091200 June 67 irithout ioidenb.

CONF

3

DENT IAL

CONFI DENTIAL

AFTER ACTION 10PORT:

Operation Pikosv. 1710(O017D)

Jun 67.

(3)

Team

RR Msn i73:

apparently

Team infiltrated

became

disoriented

RZ PATON vic XT 285965 at

on

infiltration

and began

081528

to move

North instead of East on a trail as planned. Team spotted several VC in vie

XT

284970,

armed with AN-47

XT 285973 at 091406 Jun 67.

and MAS 36 weapons.

Team was

exfiltrated vic

(4) RR Man #4: Team infiltrated RZ SL721 vio XT 334894 at 081540

J,

j

67.

An unkmown

ntub*r of VC with automatic weapons

fired at the team

vic XT 336893.

Team returned

fire,

evaded anC wore extracted

by rope

ladder

vie XT 33779 at 091415 June 67 without incident.

(5)

RP Msn i;5:

Tear.

infiltrated via XT 542818 at 121640 June 67

with a mission of cstablishing

an ambush to

capture a

NW.

Team observed

40 VC vic XT 514819 at 131030 June moving !last armed with AK-h7,

and M-1 rifles.Vic

carbines

XT 502820

at 141030 team oborved

3 VC on bicycles

armed

with AK-7's moving East on a road.

member made

a noise which alerted

the

Team attempted

VC,

who then

to ambush,

but a team

ran East and fired a

3ignal shot.

Team ovaidod and was

exfiltrated

vie XT 543845 without incident*

Team infiltrated

an amabush position vie XT 531744 incident.

(6)

RR

1sn i,.6:

went into

without

vie XT 539737 at 121640 June an

and XT 532737 at

141830 June

a mission

(7)

IT, Nn i?7:

of trail racon.

Team infiltrated

Vic

XU 667012,

vie xu 6450O

team received

at 151650 June on

50-60 rounds

of

AW

fire

from estisa.ted

VC platoon.

At 180800

June vic

XT 645913,

teari

received fire from an unknown number of VC. At 181530 Jrne

position for cxfiltra t .on, however, they were afraid to throw smolm because

of VC moving near their position. Team then beg;an movement by foot, truck and

bus

team was in

to reach the SIDGII

FOB at

Quan Loi,

arriving at 190850 June 67.

(8)

RF

Isn

vic of infiltration

#8:

LZ.

Mission cancelled

due

to. scheduled

TAC AIR STR.MCS

(9)

RR Ken ;79:

Team infiltrated

vie XT519917 at 181216

June and

moved to a trail

and were

unarmed. The team h. negative contact or sightings during the next two days ant were exf itrated from the Special Forces Camp at Ton Le Chan at 201800 June 67 without incident.

each other on the trail. The VC worc khaki pants, black shirts

vie XT 549868.

At 181600

June,

team

observed

iwo VC pass

(10)

HR

At 201400 June,

Msn #10:

Team

infiltrated vic XT 324908 at

19113P

June 67.

the team observed a VC carrying party and security olement

nuibering 25-30 men vie XT 377859.

and moving in

a column formati-.i,

The VC were heav-

Only one weapon was

y camouflaged

with grass

observed,

a Soviet 7.62

carbine. During a scheduled radio contact with the team, the Sima interpreter understood the team to say, they were in contact with VC elements. The team was eittrated vic lU 375857 at 201757 June and after pick up, it was determined that the team had not been in contact.

CONFIDENTIAL

I!

AFTE

ACTION REPORT,

COF0I DENT IAL

Operation

Pikesville

(COND)

(31)

RR Msn #11:

Team infiltrated

vie XT 495653 at 201210 June 67.

At 201800,

AK-h7's, 2 M-1 rifles, 4 Soviet carbines and 1 PPS-1943 SMG. New houses with underground bunkers were observed vie XT 446664. Team was extracted by rope ladder vie XT 471645 at 231531 June 67. Gunships providing cover for the extraction received T. fire from east of the LZ. No hits were sustained by the gunships.

vie 469639,

team observed

12

VC moving

west

on the

road.

Team saw

3

(12)

RR Msn #12:

Team

infiltrated

vic XT 417605 at 211237

June 67,

At 211700 June

number

vic XT 407623,

team

received

The

of VC with negative

casualties.

15-20 rounds of AW fLire from an unkcoin

team fled

south without returning

fire,

swam the

stream vic XT 401617

then moved west.

Th3 VC followed the team to the

stream,

;ut did not cross

it.

Team heard artillery

fire from unit at

Soui Da and

moved all

night

in that direction, arriving at 220800 June 0 Team was

later ex-

filtrated by Sigmao

(13)

RR Mbn

13:

Team

infiltrated

vie XT 398905 at 231726

Juim

67.

Team found a well hidden base camp vic XT 359911 guarded by 6 VC armed with AK-47

and carbines. VC did not fire, but ran south away from the camp.

new and had 20 huts which would hold 12 people each. One building 15' x 45'

contained UAID rice.

was exfiltrated vic XT 348919 at 261645 June 67 without incident.

The

camp was

and

Team had no further

contact

or significant

sightings

(14)

RR

Msn 14:

Team

infiltrated

One

Team found many new bunkers

vic XT 618926.

vie

bunker

xT 630910 at

had 500

241737

rds linked

June 67.

30 cal

HO amio, M-79 grenades, M-26 grenades and Chicom stick grenades of which the team

extracted 100 rds of ammo and all grenades except the Chicom

observed 100-125 VC moving past the

coolie hats and carried heavy rucksacks. The first 10 VC were armed with AK-47

and RPD-56 iMG. At 261130 team was spotted by 5-6 VC vic XT 635945. The team was

able to

not operating correctly after becoming wet during a stream crossing. Team boarded a bus from Loc Ninh traveling highway 17 and rcturned to Sigma FOB 271800 June 67.

type.

.,At 250915, team

camouflaged

bunler area.

VC wore

khaki uniforms,

both team

evade,

but had to move by dead recinning because

compasses were

(15)

RR Msn 15:

Team infiltrated

vic XT 507759 at 271650 Ji.*

Team set up an

ambush on a

trail near the

infiltration

LZ.

Shortly afterward two

VC on bicycles came down the trail.

The

team stopped the VC and told

them to

drop

their weapons, however, the VC opened fire wounding one team member in the chest. The team returned fire, killing one VC and wounding the other who escaped. Team

captured one AK-47 and searched the body with negative

results.

The

team began

receiving All and SA fire and during the withdrawal they became separated into two groups. Upon rejoining vic XT 504752 at 271725 it was learned that the two team members had left the wounded man after he lost consciousness and they could no

longer carry him.

At 280730 team again

received IM fire

and during evasicm,

one

man became separated from the team. Team again received fire vie XT 492763. Teem

hi

(-)

separated

was extracted

actiorn,

by sling vie XT 399728

vic XT 495747

was exfiltrated

in

at 291000 June.

Team member who beoam

at 291154.

Wounded

team member

is

missing

-5

COI4FIDENTIAL

CONF I DENTI AL

IFrER ACTION RE

Operation

Pikesville

(CONTD)

Team was

(16)

RR Men

16:

ambushed by a VC force

Team

infiltrated

of unknown s izo

vic XT 465798 at

at 010610 July.

281514

June.

The

team

leader was t1. and two other team members ran. The remaining member ran and hid

in the brush after

vic XT 410696 at (i1420 July. The other three men are MIA.

his weapon was

shot from his hands.

This man was

exfiltrated

(17)

RR Meu #17:

Team infiltratod

vie XT 465798 at 281514

June.

Team found a commo line vic 479794 from which they cut out a 10 meter section. At 281630 and all during the night the team hoard shots from the direction of where the commo wire was cut. From an OP established vic XT 468703, team ob- served 6 VC moving northeast on highway 244. 4 AK-.7's and one US cai ine were

observed. Team was exfi.trated vie XT 468703 at 011645 July. One gunship and one slick supporting oxfiltration were hit by SA fire resulting in one crew member WIA.

(18)

RR Men

#18:

397738 team

Team

infiltrated

12

vie XT 415738 at 290950 June 67.

south

o'

The tem

trail

kiillng

became

separated

the Rach Sanh Dai

on

4 VC who were armed with AK-47's and

at this time after two members moved to the trail and recovered one AK-47 and the

type

River. Team swam river, but lost the captured weapons, their clothing, compasses

and packs. Tcm

July. Remaining separated team members were located and exfiltrated vio XT 375661

At 291200 June vie XT

fired

VC moving

50 SMG.

to

a NVA type

50 SMG.

Team was fired

(-)

on again while

camp at

trying

cross

walked into

Soui Da and was

axfiltrated at 1014X

at 011812

July.

 

C,

REACTION

COMPANY

OPERATIONS:

 
 

(1)

2nd Reaction

Company:

Company was

composed

of five USASF;

three

USA

FO artillery

team and

141 VNN

personnel.

Unit mission was

to reocn

333898)

then south along route TL 4 to vie XT 297830. Primary mission was to locate possible caches, detenine. unit identification and capture PW's or douments.

Company infiltrated RZ SLIM on LZ W}YITE vie XT 373825 at 281229 Juno 67. Company moved south off LZ and made contact with approc 12 VC vic XT 383618 resulting

in

force

along road 2146 from Bo Tuc

(XT

380857)

north

to vie

of Katum

(XT

in dne IA or WIA who was carried off.

vic XT 365852 at 291231 June resulting in one VNN slightly WIA. Ten rounds of 60Wam mortar were fired and the VC advanced to withLn 15 meters of company. A

combination

VC

attacked

a

squad ambush

In

position

of artillery,

gunships

and

airstrikes

caused contact to

be broken

at 2911450 June.

Results were

3

VC

1IM

(BC),

2

VC

KBA

(BC).

Unit

estimated

35 to 40 mere VC either KL7 or WA.

Made

contact with

approx

1

platoon

of VC

in

bunkers

evacuated

hall.

One

vic

just

of XT 348868.

Company located

prior to arrival

of unit.

Camp

a base

camp area that

had

trenches,

bunkers

had been

and a mess

building

contained 12 AK-47 rifles and numrous mines and ammunition

which was all either destroyed or buried. Company moved to the Special Forces Camp at Prek Klok (Det A-322) and returned by C-123 transport to FOB at 011315 July 67.

(2)

1st Reaction

Company:

Company was

composed

of

five

USASF;

three

USA artillery FO tem and 160 VNN personnel. Unit mission was to conduct a reoon

in force of RZ HODGES, HALSEY and ALLE and to assist in the insertion of recon

team mission #6.

Company infiltrated

on

6

LZ RED vie

XT 475585 at

13L3d.

Ju=

CONFI DENTI Al-

CONF I DEOT IAL

APTER ACTION REPORT:

without incident.

who

who broke

Operation

likesville

(CO!ITD)

Vic XT 467585 at

vic XT 460590,

north.

131L50 June

unit

flank security wounded

recieved harassing fire fron

one

3 VC

VC

fled.

At

131642

contact and fled

Unit received sniper

fire frm vic XT 453364

at 141847 June resulting in

negative

casualties.

Harassing

fir

rucei'em'

irM

vic

xT 453364 at

141605 with

negative

casualties.

Helicopters

rosupplyinF

the

company at 14h13

Gunships placed firm

June

sustained

two hits

from A1! fire

from the

vie of XT 466694.

LZ vic

at

14J8lL

into

area with lnknown results.

of

recon mission #6.

Company secured

infiltrated

XT 462695

for the infiltration

Team

June without incident. At 150939 June forvard element of Company received sniper

fire from vi

XT

h48706 which rusulted

in

1 friendly WIL

(DOW)

and

2

VC

IC. (I ').

At 151100 June

vie XT 447707,

point element ca.nu under fire from an unkown size

force

in concrete bunkers.

Resul's

of

this

encounter were

1 USASF WTI.,

1

VNN

WIA, 1 VNN MI

(1.IA),

3

VC

KIA

(BC),

5

VC

i'M,

(Prob).

At

160715 an

aJrstrike

was placed on the bunker area.

467702 at 161030 Juno and at

on the

negative friendly casualties. At 161310 June an airstrike was placed north and

south of perimeter resulting

Unit established

a defensive

perimeter vie

XT

161205 contact wit%. an

the

unknown number of

in

2

VC

KIA

(BC)

VC was

and

VC

made

MBA

north

Pnd south

side of

in

perimeter resulting

of

bunloars

in destruction

defensive

and foxholes

perimeter and at 170515 June

and 20

reocived 24

(Poss).

Company remained

rounds of mortar fire,

casuaties of 5 VNM WIV . Unit was exfiltrated from LZ BROWN vie XT 469703 at 171431

June without incident. Remn mission #6

mission due to enemy activity and was cxfiltrated with the company.

size unknown from the southwest resulting in friendly

was unable

to accomplish its

stay behind

 

(3)

lst. Reaction Company:

Company was

composed

of five

USASF,

three

TEA artillery

FO team

and 245 VNN personnel.

Unit mission was

in force

of

RZ MONTY.

Company infiltrated

on LZ YELW.S

recon vie xT 467874 at 231520

June without

incident.

At 231835

June,

5

VC were

observed vie XT 513898 moving north arxi

 

were taken under fire with unknown results.

A few minutes

later rear security

element shot and killed 1 VC and captured 1 AK-47 rJ 'Ie. Company

ambush

patrol

observed 20 to 25 VC building a base camp vie XT 56o83 at 241800

June.

An aii-

strike on the base

camp area was

requested

and executed

at 250945.

Airstrike Lit

west of target area with negative results. Unit recieved heavy automatic weapons

fire from vic XT 261215 at 261127 June.

ships suppressed

Company moved to Special Forces camp at Ten-- Le Chon and was exfiltrated 271252

June

VC force

estimated at

2 WIA,

one platoon.

1

KIT

Gun-

fire

and VC moved north.

incident.

Results were

friendly.

by helicopter without

(4)

2nd Reaction

Company:

Company was

composed

of three USLSF,

three USA artillery FO personnel and 168 VNN. Unit mission was recon in force

of RZ ALLEN and assisting

'i

Company and recon

of

mission staged

insertion

recon mission #8

at Minh Thanh

as a stay behind

patrol.

trated on LZ GREEN vie XT 373735 at 171655 June 67.

(XT 642671)

and infil-

At 180655

June vie

XT 365733

company made contact with an estimated platoon of VC. 6 VC were almed with AK-47's

and carbines.

Arty and mortar fire were placed

on the VC who withdrew

south.

Results

of contact were

5

VC WIA

(prob),

2 VNN friendly 14IA.

Recn

mission

#7

detached

from Cotweny at 200630 June

and moved into

an ambush position

vie

XT

376695.

At 201655 June the Company encountered an estimated 2 platoon size VC

force vie XT 400697.

Several rounds of mortar fire were received shortly after

contact with negative friendly

casualties.

S:-.ia

FIC directed

an airstrike

vic

XT 402699

resulting

u,

4

VC

mi

(BC),

3 bicyclen

destroyed and

1 VNN friendly I'Th.

 

7

CONFID ENT IAL

AFTER ACTION REPORT:

CONF IDENT IAL

Operation

Pikesville

(CO!TTD)

At

210930

June cIrqany

elements

ambushed

2

VC on

bicycles

moving north-south

on

trail vie XT 404691. VC fled north leaving one Chicom carbine and both bi-

cycles. ComparW made contact with an mnow-n size VC force vic XT 412678 at 211240 June 67. Gunships and artillery fire were placed on area with unknown

results. Friendly losses

211522 June the company received mortar fire on their position vic XT 410673 reb

were 3 VNN WIA and

1 LE

KIA (attached P0 party). At

sulting in 3 VNN WIA. and 1 VNN KIA (bodY could

not be

-ecovered).

Counter

artillery fire and an airstrike were placed on suspected enemy positions vie XT 412671 resulting in 75 bunkers and fighting holes uncovered and 25 bunkers

destroyed. At 211915 June vic XT 412671 Sigma gunships killed I VC (BC). Company was exfiltrated from RZ ALISEY vic XT 415685 at 231332 June 67 without

incident.

5.

(C)

EMY

INFORMTION:

Many,- battalion

and

a multi-battalion

size

base

camps were located in the AO. Throughout the AO it is poasble to move 100-30W

meters in any direction and find new buncmrs and/or foxholes. Strong points are located throughout the AO utilizing squad to platoon size security elemnts. These strong points can be reinforced by reaction forces in a time span of 30 minutes to one hour if the VC choose to. defend. The LZ's in the AO including one helicopter size IZ's are fortified with bunkers facing the long axis of the

LZ.

VC wptvred or k113ed carried a complete basic load of mmo and grenades. Weapons aid ammo were in good condition, many were new. No guerrillab were encountered ti the AO, al" contacts were with main force type units. All caches located were ir structures and in good condition. Wooden platforms had been built apprcn 12 to 18 iaches above ground level to allow air circulation for both food

All VC combat troops

encountered

were armed with AK-47 or

srAw type

of

1MG°

and ecp1i±pant. All caches were located near VC base camps or had a security element gtc-diig it.

b. The VC are apparently using the AO as a Army staging area for

training and re-equipping tactical zones withlzu RVN.

of VC forces

and as a logistical base to support other

6.

(C)

RESULTS

Of

'-NCN7TER WITH THE

1EMY:

a.

Priendiy

losses:

(1)

KIA

1

USA; 2 VNN

 

(2)

WiA.

6

USASF

6 USN;

2oVNN

(3) NKA: 3 VNN

(4) Equipwent: Aircraft - helicopters: 34 damaged and 1 destroyed;

r_-

Ml:

1 damaged.

b.

knes

losses:

 
 

(1)

KIA

-

27 (BC), 2 (po e)

(2)

KBA

-

714

(BC),

25

(poss)

(3)

XB Arty - unknown

(4)

(5)

vcc

-

nmie

Equipments

 

(a) Weapons and ammo:

5 AI-T47J 1 S1S; 1 Chicom B-4O RL w/4

projectiles and 2 Chic ' claymores.

~~CQ)F

C

O

I DENT I AL

I

EI8

AFIT

ACTION REPT:

COIIF DEN7 IAL

Operation Pikesville

(CONTD)

(b) Clothing and Equipment:

IT4

Bicycles, VN

Toothpaste

(Perlon)

Cloth,

black

checkered

Writing tablets, new Magazine, carbine

Battery,

Pot,

Candy, 3 lb bag Machette, homemade Hammock Ballpoint pen, refill Razorblade, pack Tiger balm, Salve, package Mantels, lantern, new Combs, new Toothbrush, new

flashl.Lght

cookLng,

aluminum

Hat,

jungle,

green

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